Cover Crop and Seed Application Recommendations

Cover Crop and Seed Application Recommendations

Cover crops have been used for centuries, and recently there has been a resurgence in their use. The starting application recommendations in this guide have been developed to give starting points when using some of these products. Normal application rates for broadcasted cover crops are typically 10-20% higher than drilled seeding rates. Individual spreading characteristics of fertilizer or cover crop products has an influence on the spread pattern and the application rate. For this reason, the parameters stated in this guide can only be used as starting points.

A spread pattern test must be conducted to confirm the actual broadcast pattern. The recommended settings for spread pattern refer to the spinner speed and spinner frame settings, not to the nutrient distribution. If you are not sure about the fertilizer origin, fertilizer density, fertilizer quality, or if the fertilizer is not yet documented in the setting chart use the SGN & Crush test kit to determine the characteristics.

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MAGIE | Aug. 25-26, 2021

MAGIE (Midwest Ag Industries Exposition)

August 25-26, 2021

McLean County Fairgrounds, Bloomington, IL

Hosted by the Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association, MAGIE is celebrating 40 years of excellence and  professionalism. The MAGIE show supports the best equipment offerings in the industry and brings together the best companies and employees in the crop production supply and service sector.


First up in the New Leader booth will be the NL5000 G5. The patented 16-section swath width control technology lets operators apply nutrients (fertilizer, compost, lime, etc.) with pinpoint accuracy. Watch this video to see the details.?

Use the free ROI calculator at our booth to see how the G5 can make a difference in your operation. Can’t make the show? Download the calculator here.?

Next up in the New Leader booth is the NL4500. The G4 Edge technology allows for independent spinner speed and edge of field technology. With dual RPM sensors, operators can maintain precise speed on each spinner within 5 RPM. Flip a switch, and operators can apply nutrients along a boundary line, leading to improved product placement, and decreased nutrient waste.

?Stop by the booth to pick up a koozie with your favorite sayings and enter to win a New Leader Grizzly Cooler, or follow us on Facebook for your chance to win additional prizes!

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Click the links below to download the New Leader Mobile App.

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The app is built to help you operate your New Leader equipment more efficiently, reducing the time needed to properly establish the spreader settings. Features include:

  • Simple Start Settings – For lime, urea, corn blend, other fertilizer types and blends
  • Spread Pattern Testing – Instructions and evaluation
  • Conveyor Settings
  • Conversion Calculator
  • Support Videos
  • Contact Support